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Geisha

Geisha

Northern Ballet’s new production for 2020 is Geisha, a ballet by Kenneth Tindall with music by Alexandra Harwood. For geisha, beauty and honour is everything. Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West. As their lives are torn painfully apart, a promise from […]

Performing Memory: Artistic Production and Religious Practice at the Kofukuji Nan’endo

Performing Memory: Artistic Production and Religious Practice at the Kofukuji Nan’endo

Situated in a bustling area of Nara City, the Nan’endo (Southern Round Hall) is an eight-sided structure at Kofukuji temple. The history of the Nan’endo began in the ninth century and has been linked to the prominent Northern Fujiwara clan. This talk explores the interplay between memory and materiality, examining the process in which memory […]

Baaba’s Footsteps

Baaba’s Footsteps

BAABA’S FOOTSTEPS is a new play by Susan Momoko Hingley, premiering at the VAULT Festival, proudly supported by the Arts Council England. Tokyo 2020: Yu, 39, career-driven but recently dumped by her long-term job, keeps beating her head against societal pressures to get married. Sick of the patriarchy and feeling powerless, she struggles to fit […]

Word Embodied: Entangled Icons in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Art

Word Embodied: Entangled Icons in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Art

Dr O’Neal’s project on the Japanese jeweled pagoda mandalas reveals the entangled realms of relics, reliquaries, and Buddhist scripture engendered through intricate interactions of word and image. The twelfth- and thirteenth-century mandalas use precisely choreographed characters from sutras rather than architectural line to compose the central icon of a pagoda. Surrounding this textual image, narrative […]

Kodo: Legacy

Kodo: Legacy

Japan’s legendary Kodo drummers return to their roots with Legacy, a physically stunning and musically sensational show which puts their huge drums centre stage and reworks their treasure trove of signature pieces created across almost 40 years of international touring. “Balancing a deadly aggression with utter tranquillity, Kodo’s sound stretches from the lightest of rainfall […]

Shoko Taruma – Stream

Shoko Taruma – Stream

Opening Night: Thursday 13 February, 6.30-9pm ‘Stream’ has two meanings to me, the flow of history and the fluidity of lacquer.Shoko Taruma – Artist The work is deep black, transformed by light irradiation. Analogous forms that mirror the ever-changing flow of history, through curved surfaces of black Japanese lacquer. Japanese lacquer is a natural paint, […]

The University as a Platform for Social Change – Prof. Makoto Gonokami, President, University of Tokyo

The University as a Platform for Social Change – Prof. Makoto Gonokami, President, University of Tokyo

We are delighted to welcome Professor Gonokami, President of the University of Tokyo to speak to the Japan Society during a brief visit to London.  This is an important and rare opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading scientists and head of Japan’s foremost university. Under his leadership, the University of Tokyo is […]

Kabukimono

Kabukimono

Kabukimono is the inaugural performance in a year-long project being produced by the 23-year-old actor, writer and theatre director Suleiman Suleiman, who has acted with The Royal Ballet, Opera Holland Park, Richmond Theatre and the Gate Theatre among others. Two years in the making, Kabukimono takes audiences behind the curtains of Edo-period Japan to bring […]

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